Throughout Virginia and the nation lots of cargo, mail and material is transported by truck. Eighteen wheelers are regularly going up and down the highway providing us the goods and mailings that we depend on to make our lives better. However the more miles driven the more chances there are of collisions and the injuries that often result. When you drive down the road you see the big boxes on the back of big rigs from companies like Evergreen, Estes, and other freight shippers.
One of the fastest growing kinds of shipping that particularly affects Virginia are the intermodal transfers of the large container boxes which can be put on trucks, trains and ships. A given box might come in from overseas to the Port of Virginia in Norfolk, VA, and get transferred by a intermodal hostler cab to be put onto a train and then brought to the so called inland port at Front Royal, Virginia in the western part of the state. From there the container box might be put onto a truck attached to an 18 wheeler’s trailer and brought to a location either in Virginia or outside of the state that points west. This kind of shipping and cargo movement is quite a wonder and many other states look to Virginia to see how well we move cargo around.
However, one downside of this movement of freight by truck is going to mean traffic fatalities and serious injuries when things go wrong on the road. The trains carrying intermodal containers often pass through cities and rural areas where dangerous crossings with poor visibility cause the risk of grade crossing collisions between trains and other vehicles whether trucks or passenger cars. These kinds of crashes are notorious for being deadly and/or leaving people with serious and permanent injuries because of the size, speed and power of freight railroads engines with these railcars attached.
If you or a loved one has been a casualty of a wreck involving a transportation company whether freight railroad like Norfolk Southern or CSX or one of the major trucking companies you need an attorney who knows how to take on these giant companies. Our law firm has a lot of experience in suing the large transportation companies and proving not only the fault of the individual truck driver or train crew like engineer and conductor when applicable but also taking a real serious look at the ways that these companies do business and sometimes cut corners putting profits over peoples’ safety.
A lot of times the way that these big freight hauling companies set up their policies and practices they are increasing the chance that you or your family could be harmed in a serious wreck. An experienced tractor trailer or crossing accident attorney knows how to force answers out of these companies at the highest levels to find out all of the decisions that were made that put the train or truck on a collision course with your family’s mini-van or car. If you have been injured by a rig rig or lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077.